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by Sandy Fitzgerald for Mobiledia
Parents of pre-teens and adolescents have a lot to worry about, but a new study says cyberbullying isn’t nearly as rampant as many believe.
According to two national studies of 5,000 young people, only 15% said they’d been bullied online last year. In a presentation to the American Psychological Association, Michele Ybarra, research director at the non-profit Center for Innovative Public Health Research, said past studies showed the cyberbullying rate ranked from 30 to 72%, far more than the current studies show.
“We assume it’s this overwhelming thing, that everybody’s being bullied and that it’s inescapable — that’s not totally accurate,” said Ybarra.
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